See our most Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have a question which is not answered here, then please contact us.
Who are Objective Travel Safety?
We are a specialist, secure company specialising in travel safety. Our clients range from journalists, NGO's, Humanitarian Aid and business travellers through to gap year and post-university travellers and backpackers.
What courses do you offer?
A complete range of training courses, all bespoke. For journalists, NGOs and those providing Humanitarian Aid operating in hostile environments, we offer 2 to 5 day length courses. As well as courses for Business Travellers, Expeditions and Gap Year adventurers. For these, our courses are typically either a half or one day.
Where are the courses held?
A variety of places. Our most popular courses, the half or one-day Business Traveller course is generally held at the client’s own offices. The longer courses, for those going to hostile environments, are held at our venue in Northamptonshire, UK or at Schloss Hexenagger in Germany. The longer courses will include practical exercises so we need outside areas in order to do medical scenarios and stage vehicle checkpoints etc.
Do you provide training in the workplace?
This is a very popular and cost efficient option. For the Business Travellers Safety Awareness training, we just need a spacious room with IT projection facilities. The vast majority of our courses are delivered in the workplace.
Do you offer Virtual Training due to Covid restrictions?
Yes, we have adapted our face to face courses so that our training can now be delivered online via Skype, Zoom, Teams or Webex or similar, helping prepare for when travel restrictions are lifted. As always, we are flexible in our approach, the course is broken down into short sessions or can be conducted on a one to one basis. This approach gives companies the flexibilty to continue their travel safety training remotely.
The half-day training course is a maximum of four hours and we can adjust timings and content depending on specific needs.
How soon can the courses be delivered?
We generally need a few weeks notice, longer if it's a two-day plus course.
Who does the training?
A variety of instructors. For the 5 day Hostile Environment Safety Training course (HEST), sometimes know as HEAT / HEFAT/ HET, we have 4 instructors whilst on the Business Traveller course one instructor is sufficient. On our Gap Year Travel and Safety course held in London, we always have a male and female instructor and on the journalist courses, one of instructors will always be an ex or serving journalist.
What are the aims of the courses?
Primarily to teach the individual how he or she can stay safe, learn new skills and avoid problems by recognising them early. The course also helps organisations, NGOs, humanitarian aid workers and businesses to deliver their duty of care to employees and partners.
What is the cost?
Dependent on the course. The one-day course for Gap year Travellers and those on a year out is £165 per person. For the Business Traveller course, we charge a flat fee for the course (not per person). A half-day course is £595 plus vat & travel and a full day - £750 plus VAT and travel.
The longer Hostile Environment Safety Training courses and Expedition courses including Mongol Rally Expedition training and Leisure and Adventure travel depends on location and numbers attending etc. Contact us for more details.
How many students are there per course?
For the Business Traveller course we suggest no more than 12 people. The more people the less interaction the course will be. Our Gap Year courses in London are capped at 12 students.
How can I pay for the course?
The Gap Year course can be booked online via a separate site - www.objectivegapsafety.com. The other courses can be paid on invoice.
I will be going for short travel, do I need training?
It very much depends where you are going. To Europe, probably not, but to developing countries where road safety, crime and environmental issues are a factor, then yes.
The courses are designed to give you the confidence to make the most of your travels should they be for business or pleasure.
Travel Safety Advice:
How do I check which countries are safe?
We suggest you seek a variety of opinions; Government travel advice services such as the UK FCO Travel Advice Services, India’s Ministry of External Affairs or the US Government’s State Department website. Also consider security companies such as Red 24/Ijet, Control Risk/ISOS. However, local advice is often excellent too. The Lonely Planet, Rough Guides or similar guide books can also provide a very good foundation on understand security, historical and cultural issues.
What type of currency should I take (Cash, Credit Card)?
You can never go wrong with US$. Euros are popular in part of North Africa and the Middle East. We recommend always taking some cash as many places, even in more remote parts of Europe, some countries will not take cards. Currency travel money cards such as Caxton, Revolut and Monzo are popular but do check withdrawal restrictions.
Do I need a visa when I travel abroad?
It depends entirely on your nationality and destination countries. Many countries now offer e-visa which makes the process much easier. Do check before travelling.
Will I need travel injections?
Again, much depends on locations. The one to check is Yellow Fever as on entry in many western, central and eastern African countries and parts of South America, it is mandatory and on arrival you will need to show your Yellow Fever certificate.
Which documents should I take with me?
Passport with visa, if applicable. Do check you have six months validity on the passport or you will probably not be allowed to fly out.
What medication I am allowed to take when I am travelling abroad?
It’s relatively easy to check online. For prescription medication, it's advisable to get a doctor’s explanation. Some drugs are banned in some countries, such as Codeine/Co-codamol in UAE.
What should I do if I get sick whilst travelling?
Our general advice is to see a local doctor, they will recognise the local lurgies! If you are in a Malaria area and you have flu-like symptoms, go to a doctor or hospital immediately to get a Malaria test. It can be fatal within a day if untreated.
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